Hello to training partners, fellow cyclists and supporters alike-
In case you do not know either of us, we are Hanna Coppens and Caleb Langley. We are both IU and Little 500 Alumni, and live together in Louisville, KY. We are teammates in both senses of the word (in life and on the Upland Brewing Cycling Team) and both share a love of coffee, dogs, bikes and brews.
One thing is for certain these days, and that is that we do not know when we will be able to get outside with a big group or race again. The way we see it is, now is the time to put our heads down and gain as much fitness as possible, because we know everyone will come out of the gate swinging when racing does pick up again. We are especially lucky that we are “quaran-team mates” and get to enjoy each other’s company and motivate each other in times like this.
We are fortunate to be able to get out and ride pretty much in isolation, since Louisville and Southern Indiana both have great scenic routes and offer a lot of different terrain to choose from. If the weather isn’t cooperating, we both have great trainers (“I am partial and love my Wahoo Kickr that Caleb got me” -Hanna) and great playlists to get us through workouts indoors. We are also lucky that we both really like Star Wars and Tropical Vortex, so we don’t have to fight over the TV or beer selections, (“although Caleb might fight me for the last beer…” -Hanna).
Our advice to people who are struggling with uncertainty out there, just like we are, is that opportunities for growth and strength come from inopportune situations. Do whatever makes you feel strong this spring, keep chopping wood and carrying water, and don’t take yourself too seriously (“If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong” -Caleb). Make sure you are enjoying the little stuff, such as calling friends, staying active, and enjoying the journey along the way.
Cheers + happy and safe riding to everyone,
Hanna and Caleb
Stay tuned for more tips from the team on staying motivated and training/riding during this unique time!